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Speaker: Prof Kevin Laland Host: Department of Archaeology

Evolutionary Origins of the Human Niche - Online Lecture and Q&A with Prof Kevin Laland

How did our species’ distinctive niche evolve, and what role did our ancestors play in its origin? Understanding the origins of the human niche requires recognition of the manner in which organisms construct aspects of their world. Empirical and theoretical studies show how the activities of organisms modify selection and influence evolution, and how this was a particularly important process in human evolution. In this seminar, Prof Laland will describe some theoretical and experimental projects suggesting feedback mechanisms that may have been instrumental to the evolution of human cognition. [more]
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